Whether you’re driving in a Class A motor coach full time in retirement or taking short vacation trips in your pickup truck pulling a compact travel trailer, stress free RV travel not only makes your trip more fun but also safer and will help in producing a welcome wind down from the typical 9 to 5 you’re able to escape during your trip.

For beginning RVers, it may take a bit of practice to come up with your own personal system for producing stress free RV travel but, through time, your RV adventures can become more and more rewarding as stress levels are reduced by adopting certain tips and tricks seasoned RV travelers have learned. Following are a few we’ve found and would like to pass along.

      • Like Santa, you should be making a list and checking it twice! By its very nature, traveling can be stressful but proper planning can help reduce that stress to a minimum. Items on your list should include any needed medications, necessary communication devices, including a solar battery charger for your cell phone and a well-stocked first aid kit.
      • Carry the tools necessary to handle small breakdown problems but, even more importantly, make sure you have a good roadside assistance program in place. There’s actually a long list of emergency equipment you should have on hand that you can view here. Just as every RV owner should have a good vehicle insurance policy in place to help alleviate the stress of being unprotected in the event of an accident, emergency roadside assistance is well worth the small price you pay for that protection.
      • You’ll lower stress levels while on the road by keeping expenses in check and there are some great ways to help you do this. Joining an RV travel discount club can save you as much as 50% on campground costs for very modest annual dues. These memberships also usually come with a variety of other benefits. You can also save money by planning meals and snacks that can be consumed without having to stop at restaurants or fast-food joints.
      • One of the most stressful times during RV travels is getting your vehicle ready to leave a campground and get back on the road. By completing many needed activities the night before you’ll be pulling out you can make the following morning much easier and less stressful. Plan ahead and happy RVing!